FC Sochaux-Montbeliard 0-1 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Paris Saint-Germain are now joint top of Ligue 1 after producing a sterling display away to Sochaux and earn a valiant 1-0 win.
A solitary goal from Kevin Gameiro ensured that Antoine Kombouare’s men gained a consecutive win after going four games without victory prior to last week’s game against Auxerre.
PSG totally controlled the first-half, hardly giving their opponents a sniff. Javier Pastore created the first real opening in the fifth minute as his diligent back-heel found Kevin Gameiro in the box, only to see his subsequent shot blocked by David Sauget’s torso.
That really set the tone with some beautiful football being showcased, in particular from the likes of Nene, Jeremy Menez and Gameiro who seemed to have real spring in his step.
Salvatore Sirigu had a fairly uneventful 45 minutes but a mix up between himself and Milan Bisevac almost had calamitous consequences after both running into each other on the edge of the box.
Pastore, who has been criticised of late due to his lack of form, did magnificently to weave into a little pocket of space and fire a shot that stung the palms of goalkeeper Teddy Richert.
The visitors finally capitalised on their dominance thanks to Kevin Gameiro’s goal in the 19th minute. The former Lorient man cut inside from the right and made Loic Poujol back off which allowed him the space to rifle a shot in off Richert’s right-hand post. It really was a stunning finish that galvanised him and produce an exceptional performance.
Sochaux responded minutes later as Marvin Martin sold a dummy to Mohamed Sissoko just outside the dee before unleashing a superb let foot pearler that was tipped over the bar by Sirigu’s fingertips.
Nene was unlucky not to make it two in the 24th minute. A beautiful one two with Pastore opened up the space but his left foot curler did not find the target. Gameiro also went close after latching onto Mathieu Bodmer’s defected free kick but Richert did well to smother his effort.
After the interval it was more of the same. Kombouare’s men continued to control proceedings and looked ever so comfortable in the middle of the park.
Pastore produced a carbon copy of his back-heel from the first-half, this time into the path of Menez who bore in on goal but his shot was well saved by Richert’s shins.
Chances proved to be few and far between with much of the play laboured in midfield. Modibo Maiga seemed to give his side added impetus when he came on but Sirigu was left as a mere spectator for much of the half – and the entirety of the game in truth.
He was called into action late on as a headed effort via a set-piece could have caught him unawares but his positional awareness allowed him to gather the ball with ease.
Kombouare fisted the air in delight upon the final whistle and rightfully so. It is a massive win, especially with leaders Montepellier losing away to Valenciennes. There are also plenty of positives to take from he performance. The team looked much sharper, created a variety of chances and also showed their efficiency to quell their opponents in midfield. Kevin Gameiro ended his goal drought and showed some early season form, being a constant thorn in the Sochaux defence.
The culmination of the victory and Montpellier’s loss now means the Parisians are level on points with MHSC at the top of the table and sets up next week’s clash with Lille superbly.